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South African Artist to Discuss Her Art


Berni Searle
Berni Searle

Berni Searle, a South African artist whose work is part of the Wellin Museum’s “Senses of Time” exhibition, will discuss her performative video with curator Karen Milbourne and President David Wippman. The lecture will be held on Tuesday Oct. 18, at 4 p.m., in the Overlook at the Wellin Museum. It is free and open to the public.

Berni Searle works with photography, video and film to produce lens-based installations that stage narratives connected to history, memory and place. Searle teaches at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Capetown from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees.

Her work, “A Matter of Time” (2003) is concurrently on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Searle has won numerous accolades and awards for her work, including the Young Artist Award for Visual Art at the 2003 National Arts Festival in South Africa.

Karen Milbourne is a curator at the National Museum of African Art. Prior to that, she was an associate curator and headed the Arts of Africa, Asia, Americas and Pacific Department at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Of particular interest to Milbourne is the art and pageantry of Western Zambia, and the arts of political representation. She holds an undergraduate degree in African Studies from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Iowa.

David Wippman is Hamilton’s 20th president. Prior to coming to Hamilton, he served as dean of the University of Minnesota Law School. He is an expert in international law, having practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., with a focus on international arbitration, political consulting on public and private international law issues, and representation of developing countries in litigation.

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